Password Crackers - Ensuring the Security of Your Password

by A. Cliff Sept. 1, 2017 via Symantec

Strong, secure passwords are a cornerstone of an effective security strategy. Passwords ensure that only authorized personnel will be able to gain access to a system or network. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Passwords are usually invented and implemented by the individuals who are utilizing the computer or the network. The words, symbols, dates that make up the password usually have some personal meaning to the user so that the he or she can easily remember it. Herein lies the problem. Many users will place priority on convenience over security. As a result, they choose passwords that are relatively simple. While this helps them to recall the password when it comes time to logon - it also makes the password much easier for hackers to crack. Potential hackers will probe your network looking for the weak link that will give them entry. The most notorious and the easiest to exploit is a weak password. The first line of security defence thus becomes one of the weakest.